Music as a 'Family Value'

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On this edition of All Ears: how a family that plays together stays together.

A few years back, "family values" was a popular catch phrase that spoke to religious and socially conservative thought. But host Terrance McKnight explores the phrase in a different context: as the primary value that forged potent and unexpected relationships.

From Johannes Brahms's convivial relationship with the Schumann family, to Art Tatum's intimate relationship with Alma Scott's family, this week's show is all about family with music at its core.








Indian Lament

Antonin Dvorak

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Patricia Zander



Go down, Moses

Harry T Burleigh

Harry T Burleigh, baritone



Un poco triste

Josef Suk

Itzhak Perlman, violin

Samuel Sanders, piano


Humoresque in G-flat “Spring Song”

Antonin Dvorak

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

Leslile Stifelman, piano




Antonin Dvorak

Art Tatum, piano

Best of Jazz


Brown Bee Boogie

Hazel Scott

Hazel Scott, piano



Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Johannes Brahms

Houston Symphony Orchestra

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Dunja Vejzovic, mezzo-soprano



Romance, Op. 22/1

Clara Schumann

Aaron Rosand, violin

Hugh Sung, piano



Improvisation on “When This Cruel War Is Over”

Thomas Wiggins

John Davis, piano



Romance Oubliee (Forgotten Romance)

Franz Liszt

Nobuko Imai, viola

Roland Pontinen, piano



Tristan und Isolde: Liebesnacht (Love-Night)

Richard Wagner

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Herbert von Karajan, conductor

Jon Vickers, tenor

Helga Dernesch, soprano


2 Pieces for Piano 6 Hands: Waltz

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

Dody Ashkenazy, piano

Vovka Ashkenazy, piano



Piano Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G Minor

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Kempf Trio



Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52

Frederic Chopin

Vladimir Horowitz, piano



Porgy and Bess, Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)

George Gershwin

Miles Davis, trumpet

Gil Evans, arranger